Ex-prisoner set to grow bakery business

A baker trained in prison for a Gordon Ramsay TV show has plans to expand his business with four sites.

Ex-convict Chris McKay, who learnt his skills as part of Channel 4’s 2012 series Gordon Behind Bars in the Bad Boys’ Bakery, HM Prison Brixton, London, currently runs one stall in Brixton market.

On 1 March, he will expand into the Lower Marsh market, Waterloo, and hopes to open additional stalls in Herne Hill and Camden, as well as Borough Market near London Bridge.

McKay said: “I basically want to get the products out there into the streets. It’s somewhere to start, really, and I want to get other markets in London.”

Additionally, McKay said he wanted to form links with independent coffee shops and stores in London to stock the products.

He launched the stall last December with help from Working Links and Sola Outreach. Purchasing products from the bakery at wholesale prices, the stall sells on average 100 items each Saturday.

Items produced by the bakery include lemon treacle slice, carrot cake loaf, banana bread, chocolate pecan nut brownie, as well as white and wholemeal bloomers, bread buns and scones.

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